I’ve had the pleasure of being on a few cruises that departed from Port Everglades, Florida, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, and each experience was better (in that it was more organized and orderly) than the previous one.
The first time I cruised from Port Everglades was in the early 1990s, when my late husband was awarded a cruise as a top performer in his very large Canadian financial company for the year. We had a wonderful time and were treated like royalty. But that was before the world of digital cameras and instant photos, so my physical reminders of that special cruise are stored in a photo-box in my office. One day I will try to sift through my pile of 35 mm photos from that trip and scan and share them with you on this blog, but for now I’m going to post photos from more recent cruises, with my late husband in 2009 and with my daughter in 2011.
I always fly into Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at least a day before the cruise departure date, usually because it is late winter or early spring, and late winter or early spring in Atlantic Canada means that storms are not only possible, but are the norm. So I allow for flight delays or cancellations, and if neither of those two possibilities happen, I arrive in Florida early enough to have a decent night’s sleep in a Ft. Lauderdale hotel before heading to the cruise port the next day.
Once I board the cruise ship and find my room, I head back outside to take pictures of my departure from the port. It always amazes me to see the homes of the ‘rich and famous’ that line the port’s beaches, and I could easily live in any of the mansions I’ve photographed (if I had the prerequisite money needed to live there, of course).
So please, have a look at my photos…let me know what you think of them…have you cruised out of Florida? How was your experience?
Before I know it, we are on our way out of the harbor, accompanied by the US Coastguard. Stay tuned for my next blog to see pictures of that!